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Why was Mallya allowed to leave India, Kejriwal asks Modi

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why beleaguered business tycoon Vijay Mallya was allowed to leave India.

"Since CBI directly reports to Prime Minister, Modi owes an answer why Mallya was allowed to leave India. Central Bureau of Investigation couldn't have allowed without approval from top," Kejriwal tweeted.

Mallya left the country on March 2, days before a group of creditor-banks led by the State Bank of India moved the Supreme Court to restrain him from leaving India.

US foreign policy unlikely to change radically post-elections: Experts

New Delhi : The broad contours of the American foreign policy are not likely to change post-elections no matter whether a Republican becomes the president or it is a Democrat, feel experts.

Taking part in a discussion on the topic "The 2016 US elections and their impact on foreign policy", organised by the American Embassy here on Thursday, international affairs experts C Raja Mohan, Chintamani Mahapatra and Sam Solomon deliberated on various aspects of US foreign policy.

Salmaan Taseer's abducted son freed after 5 years

Islamabad: Shahbaz Taseer, son of erstwhile Pakistani Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was freed from his captors on Tuesday, five years after he was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from Lahore.

Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped from Lahore on August 26, 2011, near his company�s head office a few months after the assassination of his father Salman Taseer -- who was then Punjab governor -- at the hands of his bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri.

India must improve rights of its minorities: Pakistani daily

Islamabad : India has long struggled to protect minority religious communities or provide justice when crimes occur, creating a climate of impunity, said a Pakistani daily which added that the need for India to improve on the rights of its minorities is similar to the situation in Pakistan.

An editorial "Rising intolerance" in The Nation on Monday said that India’s denial of visas for a delegation from the US government agency charged with monitoring international religious freedom has raised many eyebrows in the international sphere.

IMRC's health camp in Kozhikode kicks off, 1,000 people provided free treatment in two days

By TCN News

Kozhikode: The seventh annual India Health Initiative, a social outreach programme by the India Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC) to provide free medical services to economically disadvantaged members of society in India, started in Kozhikode district of Kerala.

In the first two camps,held at Omassery and Chennamangalore, around 1,000 people with various ailments were provided free specialty treatment.

US religious body disappointed at denial of Indian visas

Washington : The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan body that monitors religious freedom abroad, has expressed disappointment at the denial of visas for what it said was a long planned trip to India.

The goal of the Commission's trip was to discuss and assess religious freedom conditions in India, it said.

"We are deeply disappointed by the Indian government's denial, in effect, of these visas," said Robert P. George, Chairman of USCIRF, in a statement.

US-India trade body hails India budget

By Arun Kumar

Washington : The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has hailed Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's third budget as "an accurate path to economic growth in a period of global uncertainty."

"The budget consolidates the Government's pro-growth agenda through economic liberalisation, while remaining committed to bringing in long-term investment and job opportunities in areas such as agriculture, infrastructure development and clean energy," it said on Monday.

22 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul: At least 22 Taliban militants were killed over the past 24 hours in a fighting with the security personnel in Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

The battle occurred in Dand-e-Ghori district of the province, Xinhua quoted army spokesman Ahmad Jawed Salim as saying on Sunday.

"Up to 22 Taliban rebels have been killed and seven injured over the past 24 hours," Salim said.

The Taliban outfit has not yet commented.

‘Turn your words into deeds’: US lawmakers write to Modi on growing ‘religious intolerance’

By TCN News,

Conveying their serious concern over violence against religious minorities in India, 34 top American lawmakers that include Eight U.S. Senators and 26 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate steps to protect their fundamental rights and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Why ministers for happiness, tolerance, youth, future in UAE

By Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Over the past two weeks, I have heard and read many questions, comments, and news stories regarding recent changes to the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Why, everyone seems to want to know, did we establish a ministry of happiness, tolerance, and the future, and why did we appoint a 22-year-old minister of youth?

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